October 13, 1960 ~ January 7, 2022

Born in: Birmingham, AL
Resided in: Swannanoa, NC

Daphne W. Urquhart went to be with the Lord Friday, January 7th following her hospitalization for a severe upper respiratory infection.

Daphne was born in Birmingham, Alabama October 13, 1960, and was raised in Gastonia, NC.

She is survived by her husband, Paul Urquhart of Swannanoa, her son, Brian Crutchfield, his wife Jessie and grandchildren Garrett, Harper and Emeree of Kingsport, Tennessee as well as her son, Ian Urquhart and grandchildren Ava and Isla of Asheville. She is also survived by her mother, Betty White, of Gastonia.

Daphne was a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill where she received her BA in English. Subsequently, she studied accounting at UNC-A and became a Certified Public accountant. She was in her own CPA practice for 30 years, from 1992-2022, working primarily with medical and dental practices. During that time Daphne was quite active at First Baptist-Asheville, Grace Episcopal and Redeemer Anglican, especially loving her work teaching Youth Bible study at those churches. She was an avid football fan and supporter of Appalachian University’s athletic programs, serving on the Yosef and Foundation Boards.

Services will be held Tuesday, January 18th at 4:00 P.M. at Redeemer Anglican (at Grace Baptist Church), 718 Haywood Road. The service will be live streamed and can be accessed at redeemerasheville.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Redeemer Anglican’s Youth Program at Redeemer’s website.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road
856 Tunnel Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805


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  1. So very shocked and saddened to learn of Daphne’s passing…
    My prayers and thoughts are with All of the family during this difficult time of grieving….

  2. Debbie Jones
    Our hearts are broken for the loss of this precious child of God.
    She knew more hymns by memory than anyone I have ever encountered. She welcomed and embraced other people in a very special way. Prayers for the family in this huge loss. Heaven is richer today.

  3. Paul and family, so deeply saddened to hear of Daphne’s passing. I remember our times in choir practice at First Baptist in the 1990’s. I also enjoyed my time working for her at her CPA office 1995-1998. She will be missed.
    Bobbi and Richard Glass

  4. I remember Daphne singing in the choir at First Baptist Church and being an admired youth leader. She had a huge heart for youth with genuine love for each of them. Praying for her light to continue to flicker in her family and friends.

  5. I met Daphne in 1992, the first year I owned Choice Computer Center. I hired her as our CPA that year, I loved her from the moment we met. When I sold the business in 1999 I didn’t hire a lawyer, I just asked Daphne to make sure I was okay. She sat in on the closing and helped me through the process. She’s taken care of my taxes every year since then. I loved her funny emails and Facebook posts. When I took my tax stuff to her office we laughed and reminisced about the good old days. I loved her sense of humor and quick wit. Her smile and laughter were infectious. Damn, she’s gone and it really hurts. R.I.P Daphne, the void you leave in our hearts will never be filled.

  6. Although I just met Daphne last summer, it’s amazing how much of our lives were lived in parallel! My family is from Alabama like hers; she was raised in Gastonia where I worked and lived for 12 years while she was there; my wife is an ASU alumnus; Daphne was instrumental in recruiting me from Michigan to WNC last summer; and she kept very close contact with me since then and throughout this fall’s App football season. In the short time that my path was joined with hers, I came to realize what a special individual she was and will continue to be to those fortunate enough to have walked a while with her. She is a beacon of light, for certain. And her light continues to shine brightly.

  7. Daphne had a huge impact on our children, and we are all saddened by this loss. Under her group leadership we had a positive impact on a family in Bolivia. She taught our youth well and loved the Lord. She will n missed.

  8. Jimmy and I were fortunate to be clients of Daphne. From our first meeting she was very caring and understanding of our particular needs. Oddly enough we grew up in the same home town of Gastonia even though our paths did not cross there. We do feel fortunate to have known such a loving person. We certainly will miss her. Our thoughts and prayers go with the family at this difficult time.

  9. I am so very sorry for your loss. Daphne was a great friend and loving person. She will be greatly missed. She was my friend and we worked in the same field crossed paths often. Prayers for you all

  10. Dear Brian, Paul and Family,
    I am in shock and incredibly sad. Daphne was such a wonderful person who I was very fond of. From the moment we met, I felt like I knew her forever. She was so kind and always reassuring when handling our books, taxes and most recently, with our IRS Audit. Daphne will be GREATLY missed! May God comfort her entire family and all her friends. Rest in Peace Dear Daphne.

  11. Paul, so sorry for your loss. I remember Daphne when I worked for you at Mission Hospital in 1992 and later.
    My prayers and love is with you and your family at this time. Such a shock to hear of her passing.

  12. ” The boundaries which divide life from death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?” Edgar Allan Poe – I am thinking of you as you begin this grief journey. Sorry to hear of you loss. Paul, take care of yourself.

  13. From the moment we met I knew we would be fast friends. ( some 30 years ago)She was my CPA for my business for several years and a dear friend. She was always just a phone call away. We would meet and knit, she taught me how to knit socks. She was one of the most amazing people I have ever known!The angels are rejoicing I m sure! Peace to the entire family!

  14. I remember one lesson Daphne taught in 7th grade Bible study vividly. We were discussing the body of Christ. And instead of discussing the body as the church, we discussed what body part we symbolically were in the body of Christ. I remember most people wanted to be the ears or eyes or mouth of Christ. Daphne stated she was the foot, which I felt demonstrated her humility. She described her Kingdom work as going forth and being with and serving His people, which is true statement of her life. But looking back I don’t this she was the foot, I believe she is the heart. Her optimism, love for people and willingness to serve His mission is inspiring. I miss her, and I’m praying for all during this truly sad and shocking event. I am thankful she is worshiping as I type this message and I know Christ is so proud of her life and dedication to His kingdom.

  15. Daphne’s care and kindness – which were so much a part of her life and work – will continue to resonate long past her years. We are grateful to be counted among the many many lives she has blessed with her warmth. May peace be with her dear family, her co-workers and all of us feeling the painful loss of such an incredibly amazing person.

  16. I got to know Daphne as she would come to Boone/ASU as son was at ASU & FBC . We seemed to have much in common and roads crossed. At football games we parked close and were always some of the first to arrive. She loved students and they loved her. She would feed anyone that came by as if they were her # 1 expected guest. I remember one time at Troy where we joined her and we talked & talked about her time in that area, but she still wore the Black & Gold proudly. She ALWAYS had smile on and LOVED on all. She loved unconditionally and her smile was from Heaven as she ministered through her love and smile for all. We are so blessed to have walked with her for a time.

  17. We were fortunate to have Daphne as our CPA for the last 18 years and I always looked forward to our interactions, as she was funny, cheerful, positive and always helpful and smart. Greg and I will miss her and are grieving along with her family, friends and clients. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her beloved family in this time of great sadness.

  18. I am so grieve stricken for all of the family when I heard the shocking news. Other than Daphne, Brian is the only other family member I know, but I am praying for you all during this very hard time. I may not of always agreed with Daphne, and visa versa I’m sure, but I genuinely respected her as one of Gods children and appreciated what she had to offer. She will truly be missed on this earth, but reunited again when God calls his children home.
    May good bless you all

  19. Dear Urquhart Family,
    You are in my prayers and I am sorry for your great loss. Daphne was a friend from high school. She was brilliant. She brought smiles and laughter to many.

  20. Daphne and I were in many of the same accounting classes at UNC-A. She was pregnant at the time and I had a young child, and as we were both “returning students” we found we had a lot in common. She was an accounting whiz and I was glad to follow her success in private practice and catch up with her occasionally at professional meetings or CPE. Her memory and legacy will endure. Peace be with you.

  21. What a difference you made in the life of the Green Family. Your light will shine with us forever. Peace & love. Mary, Mark and Daniel

  22. Paul, I am so sorry to learn about your loss. Please know that you are in my heart, and I am sending love and peace your way.

  23. We were shocked and saddened when we heard the news of Daphne’s passing. I liked Daphne the minute I met her when she became my accountant. Going over taxes can be a dreary experience, but it was always a fun and happy time with Daphne. I always came away feeling like I just met with a friend, and I had total trust in her. My sympathy to Paul and family, she will be greatly missed.


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